Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
Memory and the Past Quotes in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Volume.Chapter.Paragraph) and (Volume.Chapter.Section.Paragraph)
"I was in no state to know what was happening to me, and I spent about a year in a deathly sleep. It's just possible I brought a child to term and delivered it. ... I have no motherly warmth toward the boy" – she gulped, in case this was no longer true – "and I don't feel as if I've ever gone through the experience of bearing a child." (126.96.36.199)
Elphaba raises a really interesting point in this somewhat soap opera-ish (or Kill Bill Vol. I) plot twist. For her, it seems that being a mother is tied to certain necessary memories and experiences.
Life outside the cloister seemed to cloud up with such particularity – the shape of her seven years past was already being crowded out. All that undifferentiated time, washing terra-cotta floors without dipping her hands in the bucket – it took hours to do a single room, but no floor was ever cleaner. (188.8.131.52)
The descriptions of Elphaba's time in a nunnery are really powerful, especially the idea of "undifferentiated time." For seven years of her life, time pretty much came to a halt.